Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) went on a rant on Thursday during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute calling supporters of the Affordable Care Act some “of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met.”
“We […] finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called ‘Obamacare,’” Hatch said, according to Fox News 13. “Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic.”
“[The Affordable Care Act] was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen. Now, some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. This was one—and there are a lot of ’em up on Capitol Hill from [that] time,” Hatch added.
Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock tried defending the Republican senator by saying the comments were “obviously made in jest.” He then added, ” but what’s not a joke is the harm Obamacare has caused for countless Utahns.”
Take a look at the senator’s comments in the video clip below: